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Duomo Square of Milan in 2012
Duomo Square of Milan in 2012.

Milan is the Italian city par excellence in terms of economy, trade, fashion and the Arts. But the city is more than just a business centre and also comes with top tourist attractions thanks to spectacular urban developments, a fine collection of artworks and a huge range of entertainment with museums, cultural sites, theaters, nightlife and much more. With 1,320,000 inhabitants it is the second most populated city in Italy after Rome.

During the industrial revolution it became "Italy's economic capital” and together with Turin and Genoa made up the Industrial Triangle. Over the years the urbanization process has grown enormously, and industrial success has also contributed to economic growth.

Worldwide Milan is seen as a modern city characterized by frenetic activity, innovations, office blocks and managers, tall palaces and study centers for new technologies. The city also hosts important centers for book publishing, television and financial markets, and it has become over the years one of the major fashion capitals (together with London, New York and Paris) and its Fashion Week attracts twice a year fashion aficionados and professionals from around the world.

Milan is also synonymous with international industrial design - thanks to the foundations, organizations, universities and new companies, the city is forever producing new ideas, creativity, innovations, modernity in all sectors from theater, music performances, installations and TV.

But one must remember that Milan is also a city with a long tradition and history. The city hosts artworks and historical sites of inestimable value like the Codice Atlantico and the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Mantegna, or the Duomo with its strong verticality guiding one’s eyes towards the sky, true symbol of the city – a city steeped in history yet always looking into the future. Only he who knows the wealth of its past can plan their future. Nowadays the priority is to promote the identity of the region, together with the quality of its products and its economic projects. Also part of that rich tradition is the local cuisine with the risotto alla Milanese (saffron rice), cassoeula, ossobuco, artisans’ workshops, historic heritage, restaurants, trattorias, all wonderful meeting places for its citizens and tourists.

This is why Milan has taken the lead in major areas internationally, such as in design, architecture, fashion, marketing, communication, theater etc. Creativity has been one of the city’s key features since its origins.

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